So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said,
“Is this not Joseph’s son?”
For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Your throne has been established from the beginning; You are from eternity. But God says about his Son,
“You are God, and you will rule as King forever! Your royal power brings about justice.
“YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS [integrity, virtue, uprightness in purpose] AND HAVE HATED LAWLESSNESS [injustice, sin]. THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS.”
“While the king was at his table, My perfume (Solomon) sent forth [his] fragrance [surrounding me].
A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me, That lies all night between my breasts.
For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
“Kings will be your attendants, And their princesses your nurses. They will bow down to you with their faces to the earth And lick the dust of your feet; And you shall know [with an understanding based on personal experience] that I am the LORD; For they shall not be put to shame who wait and hope expectantly for Me.
“Draw me away with you and let us run together! Let the king bring me into his chambers.”
“We will rejoice and be glad in you; We will remember and extol your love more [sweet and fragrant] than wine. Rightly do they love you.”
But you are God’s chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation. God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Now you must tell all the wonderful things he has done. The Scriptures say,
“Once you were nobody. Now you are God’s people. At one time no one had mercy on you. Now God has treated you with kindness.”
Zion, your punishment is over. The LORD has forced your enemies to turn and retreat. Your LORD is King of Israel and stands at your side; you don’t have to worry about any more troubles.
Rejoice over her, O heaven, O saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced for you His judgment against her. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true, being altogether righteous.
Cry out and sing, O citizen of Zion, for great among you is the Holy One of Israel.”
In righteousness you will be established, far from oppression, for you will have no fear. Terror will be far removed, for it will not come near you.
Because you have said,
‘These two nations and countries will be ours, and we will possess them,’ even though the LORD was there, And I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary among them forever.
For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem:
behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
And Jesus answering, said:
You know not what you ask.
Can you drink the chalice that I shall drink?
They say to him:
He saith to them:
My chalice indeed you shall drink; but to sit on my right or left hand, is not mine to give to you, but to them for whom it is prepared by my Father.
The kings of the earth take their stand; And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and His Anointed (the Davidic King, the Messiah, the Christ), saying,
“Let us break apart their [divine] bands [of restraint] And cast away their cords [of control] from us.”